Improve The Dream

Improve The Dream

Improve The Dream is a 100% self-funded, youth volunteer-led, organization that supports and advocates for over 200,000 children of long-term visa holders who face aging-out of the immigration system. These individuals arrive in the United States at an average age of 5, only to face the heart-wrenching reality of self-deportation

Improve The Dream

Improve The Dream is a 100% self-funded, youth volunteer-led, organization that supports and advocates for over 200,000 children of long-term visa holders who face aging-out of the immigration system. These individuals arrive in the United States at an average age of 5, only to face the heart-wrenching reality of self-deportation at 21 due to the green card backlog and limited pathways to citizenship. Despite spending their entire lives in the U.S, these young people are unjustly penalized due to their legal status. Improve The Dream created a movement and crafted the first legislation to permanently address this issue—the America's CHILDREN Act—that successfully passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last year as a part of the NDAA in 2022 and is the most bipartisan immigration bill in Congress in 2023. Building upon this achievement, the organization is now devoted to advocating for this bipartisan bill, harnessing support from bipartisan organizations and businesses, including renowned companies such as Google, HP, Intel, and others. Additionally, the invaluable relationships with leading bipartisan organizations, mentorship with organizations such as the esteemed Clinton Foundation strengthen Improve The Dream's network and facilitates effective advocacy for this common-sense solution. The organization's dedication and impact have not gone unnoticed, with major media outlets, including CNN, Fox, The New York Times, and even Jon Stewart, covering our work. It is important to recognize that this issue significantly affects over 200,000 families nationwide, with the majority being of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) descent.

About the Organization:

Improve The Dream is a 100% self-funded, youth volunteer-led, organization that supports and advocates for over 200,000 children of long-term visa holders who face aging-out of the immigration system. These individuals arrive in the United States at an average age of 5, only to face the heart-wrenching reality of self-deportation at 21 due to the green card backlog and limited pathways to citizenship. Despite spending their entire lives in the U.S, these young people are unjustly penalized due to their legal status. Improve The Dream created a movement and crafted the first legislation to permanently address this issue—the America's CHILDREN Act—that successfully passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last year as a part of the NDAA in 2022 and is the most bipartisan immigration bill in Congress in 2023. Building upon this achievement, the organization is now devoted to advocating for this bipartisan bill, harnessing support from bipartisan organizations and businesses, including renowned companies such as Google, HP, Intel, and others. Additionally, the invaluable relationships with leading bipartisan organizations, mentorship with organizations such as the esteemed Clinton Foundation strengthen Improve The Dream's network and facilitates effective advocacy for this common-sense solution. The organization's dedication and impact have not gone unnoticed, with major media outlets, including CNN, Fox, The New York Times, and even Jon Stewart, covering our work. It is important to recognize that this issue significantly affects over 200,000 families nationwide, with the majority being of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) descent.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Hawaii

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Hawaii

The Issue:

Improve The Dream is dedicated to tackling the pressing issue of the green card backlog and the lack of pathways to citizenship for long term visa holders, which profoundly affects countless individuals and families in the United States. The scale of this problem is staggering. There are over 250,000 children nationwide directly impacted by this issue, with the majority belonging to the AAPI community. These families have built their lives, dreams, and futures in the United States, contributing to the fabric of our society, only to be confronted with insurmountable obstacles to legal status. These individuals, mainly Asian Americans, were excluded from the 2012 DACA program, due to the loophole that prevented children with a lawful status from qualifying. Additionally, findings from external sources like the Cato Institute have synthesized that self-deported Documented Dreamers would contribute $30 billion in net fiscal benefits annually if not forced to leave the country. Beyond the numbers, the human impact of this issue cannot be understated. Compelling narratives of these Documented Dreamers illustrate the dire consequences of the current system. Imagine a young person who grew up as an American, pledging allegiance to the flag, excelling in school, and aspiring to contribute to society, only to be forced to leave the only home they have ever known. These stories highlight the inherent injustice and the urgent need for action. Addressing the green card backlog and establishing pathways to citizenship is a moral imperative. Failure to act perpetuates the marginalization of a significant population of hardworking, deserving individuals of AAPI descent who embody the American spirit. By resolving this issue, we unlock the immense potential and talents of Documented Dreamers, who will continue to enrich our society, contribute to the economy, and strengthen the diverse fabric of our nation.

The Solution:

We have worked to craft the America's CHILDREN Act. This bipartisan legislation tackles the core issues and aims to provide a viable solution for Documented Dreamers. To build support for the bill, we engage in grassroots campaigns, mobilize local communities, and establish partnerships with influential organizations and foundations. Our approach emphasizes broad-based coalition building and amplifying our message through strategic media engagements with major outlets such as CNN, Fox, The New York Times, and appearances on shows like Jon Stewart. We understand the legal complexities Documented Dreamers encounter, and we provide comprehensive legal support and resources. Collaborating with legal experts and immigration attorneys, we offer guidance, information sessions, and pro bono services to navigate the intricacies of the immigration system. By empowering Documented Dreamers with knowledge and tools, we alleviate their struggles and enhance their chances of obtaining legal status. Grassroots mobilization and community building are at the core of our organization. We organize events, town hall meetings, and advocacy days to engage supporters and affected communities directly. These platforms provide Documented Dreamers with opportunities to share their experiences, connect with others facing similar challenges, and collectively advocate for change. What sets our programs and approaches apart is our holistic and integrated strategy. By combining legislative advocacy, media engagement, educational initiatives, legal support, and grassroots mobilization, we address the issue comprehensively and offer unique solutions. Our partnerships with influential organizations, media outlets, and foundations enable us to amplify our message and create a powerful movement for change.

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